Tarlac 5th Kanlahi Festival Online Dance Fest: Tatak Tarlac
This group of energetic youth in town firmly believes that through dance, the Ylang-ylang identity of Anao will be further highlighted in their dance production numbers just like for this year’s Kanlahi Festival. It also embraces youth development through organizing dance classes to provide an avenue for the youngsters to discover hidden talents, enhance it, and share it to the community. The name of the group says a lot to the nature of the dances.
Known to many Tarlaquenos, the Ylang-ylang flower has always been associated to the lives of many Anaoeños, be it in their livelihood, environmental awareness as seen in tree planting, architecture and design, and the performing arts such as this production consisting of a mix of different dance genres like modern jazz, hiphop, dancesport, some basics of ballet and the new form or dance moves from Gen Z tiktokers. On the other hand, the culture of Ilocanos (majority of the population of this municipality) is seen in the simplicity of their costume, but is also flexible in terms of blending with other major ethnic groups in the province. Moreover, the very nature of the flower signifies a very strong correlation to the Ilang Ilang Indayog dance troupe.
Ylang-ylang flower blooms when very young and the same is true for the youth in town. They blossom in their talents while in their youthfulness. The flowers also change color from pale green to lemon yellow. As seen in the group, the members started out as young vibrant spirits who don’t have any formal training in dance schools yet they bud out from a shy, timid individual, beginning as small light green flower turning into a rich, golden yellow as they blossom and become mature young individuals. The group is very diverse in terms of their preferred dance genres but are all united in this one big production number representing not only the unique identity of Anao but a powerful portrayal and demonstration that is Tatak Tarlac.
Likewise, the flowers have a graceful form with some end of the petals slightly twisted inside, resembling the scalloped edges of a mollusk shell or the nimble tentacles of a beautiful octopus. This characteristic exudes in these dancers as they venture into the contemporary form of dancing highlighting some epics of legendary characters Tar and Luk. Likewise, the branches of the tree are very flexible in the wind and so are they. Indayog is best represented by the movement of the petals of the flowers in different directions. This gracefulness of the strokes of the petals is seen in the movement of the dancers as depicted in the Diwata ng Anao scene in the production number. Finally, the Letter “T” (Tatak Tarlac) in the streetwear scenes on the last part represents the youth of today which is the future of Tomorrow.
Proud to be Anaoeño!
Music: Natural Tarlac (https://youtu.be/rp5EQtnNItk)